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Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Katy Perry & More Set for Kids' Inaugural Concert

Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Katy Perry & More Set for Kids' Inaugural Concert

Originally posted 01/11/2013 10:30AM

Talk about a lot of talent in one place!

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday that Usher, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and Katy Perry will be performing for the Kids' Inaugural and official inaugural balls in Washington, D.C., to celebrate President Barack Obama's being sworn in for a second term.

The kids' concert (Jan. 19) continues a tradition started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, four years ago during the President's first inaugural celebration.

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Brad Paisley Performs an Ode to Honey Boo Boo

Originally posted 01/10/2013 03:30PM



Brad Paisley is a Grammy winner and country superstar – but the singer's latest tune just might be his most memorable.

The musician, 40, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week to perform the little number, titled none other than "The Ballad of Honey Boo Boo," dedicated to the TLC reality show about 7-year-old star Alana Thompson and her family.

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POLL: Who Gave the Best Performance at the CMA Awards? | Eric Church

Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley & More Perform at Country Music Association Awards

Originally posted 11/02/2012 08:15AM

Thursday night's Country Music Association Awards had it all: laughter, tears and lots of live performances.

From Miranda Lambert's high octane rendition of "Fastest Girl in Town" to Taylor Swift's debut of the lovelorn "Begin Again," it seemed like almost every nominee got their moment on stage, regardless if they took home an award or not.

With so many high energy sets, the evening felt more like a concert than an awards show!

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Zing! Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley Poke Fun at Taylor Swift's Breakup | Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley Poke Fun at Taylor Swift at CMA Awards

Originally posted 11/01/2012 08:45PM

Taylor Swift's love life is more than great inspiration for her hit songs – it's now a punchline.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley poked fun at the singer's recent split from Conor Kennedy during the opening monologue of Thursday's Country Music Association Awards.

"Brad and I were backstage talking about what a strange year this has been," Underwood said at the start of their funny (and musically-accentuated) routine.

"Just look at sports, I can't keep track of all these trades," continued Paisley, as his co-host noted that Tim Tebow is now playing for the New York Jets.

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PEOPLE's Picks for Tonight's CMA Awards

CMA Awards Winners: PEOPLE Music Critic's Picks

Originally posted 11/01/2012 02:30PM

The 46th annual Country Music Association Awards will air from Nashville tonight at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CT) on ABC with some predictable hosts: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, together for the fifth straight year.

Perhaps there will at least be a few surprises among the winners. Here's my take on five major categories:

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John Rich: Nashville Was 'Rawkin' – Plus Your Best Tweets from the Premiere | Hayden Panettiere

Nashville: Fans (and Country Stars!) React to the Premiere

Originally posted 10/11/2012 11:35AM

It was arguably the most-anticipated premiere of the season, filled with big, brassy country performances (by Connie Britton's Rayna and Hayden Panettiere's Juliette), crying drama queens (that would be Juliette, again) and, of course, sex (Juliette! Behave!).

But was ABC's heavily hyped Nashville all it promised to be?

Here's what y'all (plus some country stars!) had to say:

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How Did Brad Paisley Prank Darius Rucker? | Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker

Brad Paisley Surprises Darius Rucker – with Grand Ole Opry Honor

Originally posted 10/03/2012 08:45AM

This wasn't the first time Darius Rucker was pranked by Brad Paisley. But Tuesday night at the Grand Ole Opry marked the first time one of Paisley's stunts moved him to tears – of joy – and had the audience leaping to its feet.

Midway through his set as the final act on the weekly Tuesday night Opry show, Rucker, 46, good-naturedly replied yes when the announcer asked if he would be open to some questions from the audience, and took queries from two female fans.

Then Opry manager Pete Fisher allowed one more question, and a man in a white hat stood up and grabbed the wireless mike. When the audience recognized Paisley, they burst into delighted applause, and Rucker and his band broke out laughing.

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Miranda Lambert to Perform at CMA Awards | Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert to Perform at CMA Awards

Originally posted 10/01/2012 08:00AM

The Country Music Association's reigning female vocalist of the year Miranda Lambert will defend her title on stage at Nov. 1's 46th Annual CMA Awards.

The CMA tells PEOPLE exclusively that Lambert, 28, will perform on the live broadcast from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The Texas native is also in the running for album of the year, music video of the year and song of the year for "Over You," a nomination she shares with her co-writer and husband, two-time male vocalist of the year Blake Shelton.

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Luke Bryan & Kimberly Perry Ready to 'Rock' New Hosting Gig | Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan & Kimberly Perry Ready to 'Rock' New Hosting Gig

Originally posted 09/17/2012 01:00PM

Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry have three words for Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley: "Watch your backs."

While Underwood and Paisley will be co-hosting the CMA Awards on Nov. 1 for the fifth consecutive year, upstarts Bryan and Perry (lead singer of Band Perry) are hoping their debut as co-hosts of Country's Night to Rock – which airs Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC – will leave a lasting impression.

"I wasn't really sure what hosts were supposed to do," Perry tells PEOPLE. "But I have studied Carrie and Brad – they are such pros. And my brothers [bandmates Reid and Neil] let me practice with them on the bus. Neil actually does a great Luke Bryan imitation, so that helped!"

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Brad Paisley: Why Is This Little Boy Kicking Him in the Leg?

Originally posted 09/14/2012 07:30PM

Approaching their fifth year of hosting the CMA Awards together, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are confident they're capable of hosting anything.

Almost anything.

In this silly promo video for the show, which airs live on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. on ABC, the pair try hosting a circus-themed party for children.

Paisley, 39, wearing a white balloon hat on his head, tells a young boy, "Here, I made you a monkey," only to have the child kick him in the shin and shout, "I hate monkeys!"

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